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December 3, 2012 -Initial Meeting
Initial Meeting
Limestone District School Board
December 3, 2012

The Initial Meeting of the Limestone District School Board was held in the Board Room at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Monday, December 3, 2012, at 6:00 p.m.     

In accordance with Section 208 of The Education Act, and under the authority invested in her as Secretary of the Board, Director Hunter called the meeting to order, welcoming those present to the Initial Meeting of the 2013 year of the Limestone District School Board.

The Director advised that the reception held prior to this evenings meeting was catered by Bayridge Secondary School students in the Culinary and Baking Arts Program, under the direction of teachers Julie Cameron and Gareth Alexander.  She thanked them for providing the hors doeuvres for the reception.


        The Director introduced Cathy Carson, Vice-Principal at Frontenac Public School, as well as Charles Robertson and Anne-Marie Mortensen, the co-owners of Bottle Tree Productions, noting that they are also the producers and directors of “The Sound of Music”.  She introduced the following students, who are performing in “The Sound of Music”, playing at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 130 Clergy, December 13, 14, 15 and 20, 21, 22, 2012:

Claya Brackenbury (Marta), Central Public School
Lauren Carson (Louisa), LEAP LCVI
Sara Doyle (Brigitta), Mother Teresa
Evelena Falcao (Gretl), St. Paul Catholic School
Hector Jenkins (Kurt), Glenburnie Public School
Savannah Kimmerer (Leisl), former Module de l’Acadie student, now attending Holy Cross SS
Ted Mathers (Friedrich), LEAP
Hanna Smith (Maria), former LEAP student now studying engineering at Queen’s University
Miriam Smith (Louisa), former LEAP student now at Napanee District Secondary School

        The Director advised that the students will sing “Do-re-mi.”

The Director thanked the students for their performance.


The Director stated that this evening is an important ceremonial occasion for our Board and it is made more-so by the presence of partners and special guests of staff and Trustees.  She said that she is pleased to introduce each of the guests.  She acknowledged the following people:

The Honourable John Gerretsen, MPP, Kingston and The Islands
Councillor Jim Neill, City of Kingston
Councillor Lonnie Watkins, North Frontenac, and his wife, Rhonda
Ted Holden, Vice-Chair, Limestone District Ontario Principals’ Council
Jessica Silver, Secondary School Administrators’ Organization
Debbie Villeneuve, Co-Chair, School Council Liaison Committee
Gord Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, and his wife, Pam
David Williams, Co-Chair, Special Education Advisory Committee
Andrea Martin, Special Education Advisory Committee member, and Queen’s University
Ann-Marie Lacoursière, Principal, Educational Services
Steve Ward, Vice-Principal, Educational Services
David Johnson, spouse of Trustee Helen Chadwick
Peter Johnson, son of Trustee Helen Chadwick
Joan Chadwick, mother of Trustee Helen Chadwick
John Crawford, spouse of Trustee Elaine Crawford
Bob Sears, guest of Trustee Laurie French
David Goodfellow, spouse of Trustee Ann Goodfellow
Jack Fox, spouse of Director Brenda Hunter
Barb Fraser-Stiff, Superintendent of Education
Norah Marsh, Superintendent of Education
Andre Labrie, Superintendent of Human Resources, and Technology
Krishna Burra, Assistant to the Director, Safe Schools
Shawn Lehman, Supervising Principal
Alison McDonnell, Supervising Principal
Richard Holmes, Supervising Principal
Roger Richard, Superintendent of Business Services, and his spouse, Ann-Louise
Myra Baumann, Manager of Financial Services, and her spouse, John
David Fowler, Manager of Facility Services
Sue McWilliams, Manager of Human Resources
Wayne Toms, Manager of ITS and Planning Office, and his spouse, Liz
Karen Smith, Communications Officer
Darlene Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary


The Director stated that it is her pleasure to announce the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Limestone District School Board for the session December 1, 2012 to November 30, 2013  Trustees Laurie French and Helen Chadwick respectively.  She congratulated Trustee French and Trustee Chadwick.

Trustee Chadwick assumed the Chair.


The Superintendent of Business Services and Treasurer, Roger Richard, called the Roll.

From the City of Kingston:
Representing:   Country Side, Pittsburgh & Frontenac Islands:   Elaine Crawford
Loyalist-Cataraqui. Collins-Bayridge and Lakeside:      George Beavis
Portsmouth and Trillium:                                               David Jackson
Cataraqui, Kingscourt-Strathcona and Kings Town:        Helen Chadwick
Williamsville and Sydenham:                                   Paula Murray

Representing South Frontenac:                                                Suzanne Ruttan

Representing Addington Highlands, Central Frontenac and North Frontenac:        Ann Goodfellow

Representing Loyalist & Stone Mills:                                          Helen Brown

Representing Greater Napanee:                                                Laurie French

Student Trustee:                                                                     Ben Milligan

Student Trustee:                                                                     Christina Yun


Chair Chadwick gave her Inaugural Address, as follows:

"Good evening and welcome everyone:

       Thank you all for attending this evening’s Initial Meeting.

It is an honour and privilege to serve as Chair for the upcoming year.  Thank you to my nominators, Trustees Brown and Beavis, and thank you fellow Trustees for your faith in acclaiming me to this position.  I would like to congratulate Trustee French on being acclaimed Vice-Chair, as well as those Trustees acclaimed as chairs of committees.  I thank all Trustees for putting their names forward to serve as committee chairs and members, where much of the major work of the Board is accomplished.

       On a personal note, I would like to thank my family, whose support and understanding have allowed me to participate fully in this role.

As we begin another year dedicated to providing opportunities for success to every student of the Limestone District School Board we are aware of the responsibility the community entrusts to us and Trustees recognize that all of you support us with that responsibility.  Welcome to our fellow community leaders; we appreciate that you took the time to join us tonight and reinforce our shared commitment to the students and to public education.

This school year we have celebrated the opening of two new schools: Southview in Napanee and École Publique Sir John A. Macdonald Public School in Kingston east.  Both are fantastic examples of 21st century learning environments and I look forward to visiting them both again soon.  I know that Sir John A. will be full of students after tomorrow, once the divisional transition is complete.  At the same time, construction is already underway at the K-12 school in Sharbot Lake and I am confident that the new school will also provide our students in that part of our district with the best possible environment for learning.

During the year ahead Trustees will deliberate over Program and Accommodation Review recommendations regarding some of our City of Kingston schools.  I am confident that careful consideration will be undertaken before any decisions are made.  

It is important to recognize our employee groups and acknowledge that we respect all who work for the LDSB.  Despite ongoing provincial challenges I feel confident that our positive local relationships will continue, and that any decisions made will keep with the long-term best interests of students at the forefront.   I would like to thank everyone associated with the Limestone District School Board for their enthusiasm in creating and sustaining environments that provide important learning opportunities for the children of our community.  We look forward to supporting the provision of effective teaching and learning opportunities for all of Limestone students.

Thank you also to the committed individuals on the Board of the Limestone Learning Foundation and all their volunteers for promoting our common belief that providing  enhancements to student learning is a wise investment in the future of our communities.

Director Hunter and Senior Staff, on behalf of all Trustees, thank you all for your passion and dedication; your inspiring leadership motivates others.  Your immense depth of knowledge and support to Trustees help us make well-informed decisions that keep the needs of each and every Limestone student at the very heart of everyone.  We also acknowledge the spouses and families for their understanding and are grateful for the many times you hold down the fort at home.

       I am very proud to lead this Board and respect the distinct perspectives we bring to the issues we consider.  Fellow Trustees, we are all here because of our belief in public education and its impact on our community.  I am confident that during the year ahead, although they may be difficult, we will continue to make the best possible decisions for the communities and students we serve.  Thank you.”


The Honourble John Gerretsen, MPP, Kingston and The Islands, brought greetings on behalf of the Province of Ontario.

Councillor Jim Neill, City of Kingston, brought greetings on behalf of the City of Kingston.

Councillor Lonnie Watkins, North Frontenac, brought greetings on behalf of North Frontenac.


Trustee Goodfellow presented the report of the Committee of the Whole Board (Caucus) Meeting of Monday, November 26, 2012, as follows:

Committee Chairs

Audit Committee  Trustee Laurie French
Education/Human Resources Committee  Trustee Helen Brown
Property/Operations Committee  Trustee David Jackson
Special Education Advisory Committee  Trustee Paula Murray (Co-Chair).  The Co-Chair representing the members at large on the Special Education Advisory Committee will be elected at the December meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee.
Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee  Trustee Paula Murray (Co-Chair).  The Co-Chair representing the members at large on the Environmental Sustainability Advisory committee will be elected at a future meeting of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee.

Committee Responsibilities

(a)     Audit Committee
1.      Trustee French, Chair
2.      Trustee Chadwick
3.      Trustee Jackson         

(b)     Education/Human Resources Committee
1.      Trustee Brown (Chair)
2.      Trustee Beavis
3.      Trustee Chadwick (Ex-Officio)
4.      Trustee Goodfellow
5.      Trustee Jackson
6.      Trustee Murray
7.      Trustee Ruttan

(c)     Property/Operations Committee

1.      Trustee Jackson (Chair)
2.      Trustee Beavis
3.      Trustee Brown
4.      Trustee Chadwick (Ex-Officio)
5.      Trustee Crawford
6.      Trustee French
7.      Trustee Goodfellow
8.      Trustee Ruttan

(d)     Special Education Advisory Committee

1.  Trustee Murray (Co-Chair)
2.  Trustee Crawford
3.  Trustee Ruttan (Alternate)

(e)     Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee

1.      P. Murray (Co-Chair)
2.      D. Jackson

Responsibilities on Special Committees

(a)     Supervised Alternative Learning Committee
1.      Trustee Crawford
2.      Trustee Murray (Alternate)

(b)     Health and Safety Committee
1.      Trustee Ruttan

(c)     Frontenac County Child Care Board

1.      Trustee Crawford
2.      Trustee Murray

(d)     Food Sharing Project
1.      Trustee Jackson
2.      Trustee Beavis (Alternate)

(e)     Limestone Learning Foundation Board of Directors
1.      Trustee Brown

(f)     School Council Liaison Committee (Parent Involvement Committee)
1.      Trustee Goodfellow
2.      Trustee Jackson (Alternate)

MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee French, that the report of the Committee of the Whole Board (Caucus) Meeting of November 26, 2012, be adopted.Carried

The Chair thanked everyone for attending this evenings meeting, and for their shared commitment to the students of the Limestone District School Board.


MOVED BY Trustee Goodfellow, seconded by Trustee Jackson, that the meeting adjourn at 6:35~p.m.Carried